Frontera Land Alliance

The Frontera Land Alliance November 2014 Update

The Frontera November 2014 Update

I hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving! It is a great time of year to reflect on what you are thankful for, but don’t forget to say thanks for the clean water and open spaces that so many take for granted.
The Frontera Land Alliance held its annual meeting at Thunder Canyon, Frontera’s first conservation easement, to celebrate a decade of work. We offered guided hikes; Councilwoman Ann Morgan Lilly spoke on the efforts people made to conserve Thunder Canyon and a great visit from the El Paso Zoo’s hawk Houdini. Several other organizations were present to share how they are impacting the local environment to improve our quality of life. Over the past decade and mostly as a volunteer board, Frontera has been the beneficiary of over 1,000 volunteer hours, raised over $2,500,000.00 (including grants, sponsorships and the donation to purchase Resler Canyon), hosted over 100 hikes, held over 50 clean-ups at Resler and Thunder canyons and conserved more than 120 acres of open natural areas in El Paso County. Frontera has also had numerous conversations with landowners about conserving their natural areas, ranches, farms and water rights.
Annual Event at Thunder Canyon, the morning of Saturday, November 1, 2014

Scott Cutler, Frontera’s VP, leading a guided hike through Thunder Canyon
Each year we give the Rock Award to an individual who embodies the spirit of land conservation and has demonstrably proven, with consistency and perseverance, their commitment to making our region a better place through open space preservation.  We are pleased to announce that this year’s Rock Solid Award went to Dr. Richard Teschner. Dr. Teschner has repeatedly given financial backing, valuable time and considerable expertise in support of the conservation of water and land in our region. Dr. Teschner is a person who gives to the conservation effort and loves these mountains, loves the scenic beauty they provide daily and the wildlife habitat they support. Dr. Teschner’ s contributions to our activities are irreplaceable!

Rock Solid Award given to Dr. Richard Teschner (far left) by Mike Gaglio (center) and Charlie Wakeem

The month of November has been a busy one. Janaé Reneaud Field attended the yearly state-wide Land Trust Executive Directors’ meetings in Bastrop, Texas. We finalized the amendments with Hunt Inc. so we now can establish educational trails, address erosion, and remove non-native and invasive species at Resler Canyon. Frontera had a wonderfully successful work day at Resler Canyon installing wattles and collecting trash. Over 20 volunteers fought the strong winds of early Saturday morning, Nov. 8th, to accomplish all these goals. The wattles are in place and are working to slow the erosion until the native plants take hold. Richard Teschner flew to Washington DC on Nov. 13 where he met with Congressman Beto O’Rourke and his staff to discuss steps and strategies for conserving Castner Range, perhaps as a national monument.  Finally, Frontera celebrated its year-end Board meeting November 11th. Among business conducted was the election of a new slate of officers for 2015-2017: Scott Cutler (President), Scott Winton (VP), John Moses (Treasurer), Doug Echlin (Secretary) and Brenda Berumen (At Large). 

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